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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Sep 9, 2010 9:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Overlooked Gems

There are thousands of shows played at hundreds of venues over 30 years of the Grateful Dead. There are also many hundreds of shows that almost everyone here has either heard or knows about because of their, mostly deserved, reputations.

Most of us also have personal favorite shows that kinda fly under the radar of most other folks, ones that are in "heavy rotation" on our CD players, I-pods or computers, but others haven't heard or aren't aware of. Often these are from smaller venues or are overshadowed by a famous monster show from the same tour, run or week.

What are some of your favorite "under the radar" or overlooked shows? Lets limit it to 2-3 shows, so we get the best of the best, not a laundry list of good shows from each responder.

Here are a few of mine, all from the first couple of Brent years.:

5/8/80, Glenn Falls: The band was definitely on this night, 1st set sizzles, including my favorite Ramble on Rose, a top-notch Lazy Lightning>Supplication and Lost Sailor>St and a sweet High Time. Set 2 is one really nice jam. The UJB>Prophet>Eyes is virtually flawless. The jam in the middle of UJB is sublime and the transition jam between Prophet and Eyes is near perfect. The Space>Truckin>Stella Blue is out of this world. This is my personal favorite Stella with a sublime ending jam.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-05-08.sbd.carman.15034.sbeok.shnf

8/16/81 McArthur Ct, Eugene: Another really well played show. 1st set is solid with every song getting the treatment it deserves. Set 2 is epic, starting off with a very powerful Stranger>ScarletBegonias>Fire. The Prophet>Eyes is strong and the drums features Ken Babbs and the Pranksters on the Thunder machine. The Other one is loud and powerful with a very strong Phil presence as well.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-08-16.nak300.munder.9381.sbeok.shnf

10/28/79 Cape Cod: I'm not sure if this exactly qualifies as overlooked because it is a pretty popular show. It is, however, overshadowed by the monster show the night before, but musically, from 1st note to the end, I think this show is the better of the 2. When a show starts off with a 32 minute Half Step>Franklin's jam you know you're in for a treat. This is my personal favorite version of this pairing, and Phil just drives the jam all the way through. Althea is beautiful and the Passenger is also an all-time favorite version of mine featuring some very raw slide from Jerry and, of course, those Phil bombs. The Music Never Stopped is one for the ages as well and just keeps on going ang going.... Set 2 just won't let up either. China Cat>Rider had just been re-introduced and this long, 15+ minute version just sails. Ship Of Fools is real nice and Playin is a 19 minute monster with some really nice flowing jams throughout, and the Drums>Space>Stella>Sugar Mag just does not let up.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd79-10-28.sbd-aud.braverman.7602.sbeok.shnf

This post was modified by Purple Gel on 2010-09-09 16:23:58

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 9, 2010 12:24pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Gems

"Overlooked Gems?"

I'm not sure that term applies any longer, in this day and age. With virtually every single performance that circulates archived here, and our obsession with this hobby, I dont think any shows are getting overlooked.

Still, some performances deserve more attention/discussion than they garner. Three underrated performances that I feel deserve higher accolades are:

3/24/70 Pirates World - Top notch sound quality, phenomenal jamming, and dynamite performances of both Dark Star & The Other One. This is an extraordinary show that doesnt get the attention it deserves...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-03-24.sbd.hollister.2990.sbeok.shnf


4/12/71 Pittsburgh - There are a couple of unfortunate cuts, but a brilliant mix/sound quality and off the hook energy make this true gem well worthy...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-04-12.sbd.miller.31960.sbeok.flacf


12/15/72 Long Beach - Although there is some sloppy playing at times, it's more than compensated by phenomenal David Gans sound quality and a superb performance of Playin' in the Band. This off the radar performance is criminally neglected. The uniquely jammed out Truckin'> Dark Star> Morning Dew sequence is amazing, especially if you are a Philophile...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-12-15.sbd.yerys.2329.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: duckpond74 Date: Sep 9, 2010 2:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Gems

Love the Pirate's World. Been sharing this around for years. Good choice, Cliff.

11-2-69 Family Dog comes to mind as another overlooked gem. Sweet sounding tape with tight playing. Love how they kinda walk into the beginning of Big Boss Man, and a top 5 for me sequence of Dark Star-> through Death Don't Have No Mercy with Jerry's deeply emotional singing and playing throughout.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-11-02.sbd.miller.32273.flac16

Also, Cliff, what are your thoughts on Honolulu 1-24-70?

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 9, 2010 2:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Gems

1/24/70 is terrific, but unfortunately a bit short. I do love the performance of Mason's Children. I think 1/23/70 is a penenomenal show and a top tenner for 1970. It might have my favorite Lovelight? Both shows should be packaged together in a boxed set. Aloha k√Ękou...

http://www.archive.org/post/287773/aloha-kkou-tdih

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Poster: wineland Date: Sep 9, 2010 2:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Gems

Cliff - I've been worried about you lately. Opinionated, cantankerous, abrasive comes to mind. But damn if your love doesn't shine brightly by turning me on to the Pirate show. Now get back to kicking some Mako's arse.

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 9, 2010 3:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Gems

Opinionated, cantankerous?

WTF are you talking about?

;)

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Sep 9, 2010 10:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Gems

Now I wouldn't necessarily recommend this for the regular rotation due to sound quality but I believe it's a must-listen, at least spin this a few Deadicated times.

4-15-69 @ The Music Box, Omaha, Nebraska... not a very popular show (at least I don't hear forumites mention it often)cuz it's an early era AUD (?) when there's so many great SBDs available for '69, but it's actually a pretty dynamic recording with all the instruments well represented - even TC!

This Dark Star changed my life. There are some jams in here that I'm not sure I've ever heard in any other DS. At 2:20 the taper tells the girl to HOLD ON THERE as Jerry begins setting up the pre verse jam, which unfolds nicely with Jerry fluidly stoking the melodic fires from all sides. At 4:40 we get a nice droning jam with some find work from TC and Bob chiming in. But the particular jam that gets me every time begins at 5:27 and lasts for a little over 30 seconds just before the verse riff. For the rest of the song, I'm just in complete bliss.

This show is a force of nature. HEAVY shit right here. Yeah, how bout the whole TIFTOO suite > Dark Star. You won't regret it!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-04-15.aud.komar.miller.31523.flac16

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 9, 2010 10:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Gems

For latter day dead I always like to submit this one...

http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-05-05.sbd.hinko.19181.sbeok.shnf

I love summer 91 and 91 in general and only found this show when Sirius played it. Hornsby is not with the band this night but the show clocks in at close to 3 hours and the playing is at a very high level. There are a ton of shows in 91 that get a lot of pub from folks who dig this year but I don't think many people know about this one.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Sep 9, 2010 9:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Overlooked Gems

I always rec 11/2/79 - it is overlooked and a gem in my opinion

My fave Miss-Half Step > Franklin's